"Paul has great experience at the Division I level in a leadership role and was a standout offensive lineman with a proven ability to develop strong offensive lines," Taggart said. "His experience working closely with Jim (Harbaugh) gives him a good understanding of our philosophy. He'll bring some different ideas and will be a great teacher."
Prior to joining Harbaugh's staff in San Francisco, Wulff spent four years (2008-2011) as the Cougars' head coach out of the Pac 12. In four years under Wulff's leadership, Washington State's offensive production improved each year, while their defensive production improved in each of his last three years in Pullman. With that being said, Wulff's Cougars were the only team in 2010-11 to improve in total offense, offensive scoring, total defense and defensive scoring in Division I both seasons.
"Coach Wulff is a great coach, fine person and a good friend who has the respect and appreciation of all with the San Francisco 49ers organization," San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "We wish Paul, Sherry and family great success and happiness at the University of South Florida. Coach Taggart and the USF family are never to far from our thoughts. Go Bulls!"
The 46-year old Woodland (Cali) native began his career as a volunteer assistant/offensive line coach at Eastern Washington in 1993. From there, Wulff had stints as the strength coach and offensive coordinator before being named the head coach of the Eagles from 2000-2007. Going 53-40 in his seven seasons as the head coach, Wulff was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 2001, 2004 and 2005. Wulff was named a finalist for National Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2007 as well.
In his playing days, Wulff was a four-year letterman from 1985-89 for the Washington State Cougars and was a Second-Team All-Pac 10 and honorable mention All-American selection his senior year. After an impressive four-year career in Putham, Wulff had stints with the New York Jets from the NFL, as well as the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks and the New York/New Jersey Knights from the NFL World League.